Best Office Suite Apps (Document viewer/editors) for Android smartphones/tablets
Just like human beings mobile apps are a versatile breed – many are simply crap and useless, some are special purpose, some are boredom busters, some are addictive and few are universally useful and indispensable. Office suite apps (Microsoft Office/Open Office documents and PDF file viewers and editors) belong to the last category. Almost everyone having a smartphone must have used one or the other office app. Such apps are so essential that all Android phones have one or the other documents viewer app installed as part of phone’s firmware.
Unfortunately however the inbuilt office suite apps (like Polaris Office) are not as feature rich as some other alternatives available at the Google Play Store. Here I am listing some of the best-in-class (mostly free) Office Suite apps for Android smartphones/tablets –
Office Suite 7 (free) – is a powerful documents viewer app from Mobile Systems supporting Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (all Office versions upto 2010 and Office 365 are supported), CSV, RTF, TXT, LOG, ZIP, Adobe PDF and file formats. Besides local files you can also browse and view cloud storage files (Box, SkyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Sugar Sync are supported). There is an option to download and install font package for correct documents display (over 5o languages are supported). Other features are smooth and fluid UI, pinch-to-zoom support, password protected document support, document print function with Google Cloud Print and other supported printers etc. The paid Office Suite Pro version allows creating and editing of supported documents. Download Office Suite from Google Play Store
Quick Office (free) – After acquisition by Google, Quick Office for Android has gone completely free. It’s a good app to perform all the common office tasks – view, create and edit MS Documents, PowerPoints and Spreadsheets, view PDF files, Google Drive support, send files via email etc. Download Quick Office from here
Kingsoft Office (free) – The best thing about Kingsoft Office – it is completely free to use which means you won’t have to pay to get all the pro features (documents creating, editing etc) unlike others like Office Suite, Documents to go etc. Despite being free, KS Office has all the bell and whistles of a full-fledged Office suite – all the functions described in case of Office Suite above plus 23 file format support, gesture support, support for multi-documents editing and switching, save as PDF option, external Bluetooth and USB keyboard input support, encrypted document support, common external keyboard shortcut support (Ctrl+C etc). You can get KingSoft Office free from Google Play
Smart Office Lite (from Picsel) – It’s another good app to view, print and share MS Office files (version 97 to 2010). However to edit documents and to unlock all the features there is a paid version called “Smart Office 2” available at the Play Store. Download from here
Olive Office Premium (free) – another full featured, free documents editor and viewer app. Supported formats include Microsoft Word/Excel/Power Point files (view, create and edit), PDF viewing, CHM and MHT viewer. According to many reviews some negative points of Olive Office include – fails to open large doc files, error opening encrypted files, not updated regularly etc. Download Olive Office from here
AndrOpen Office (free) – AndrOpen Office is the world’s first port of Open Office for Android and is the biggest in its class (over 70MB installation size). It’s completely free and has full-feature set of Open Office for desktop – create, view, edit, export Microsoft documents. AndrOpen Office supports largest number of file formats (MS Office files, open office files, SVG, TIFF, RAS, PSD etc), besides it can also export documents to PDF, HTML, SWF and JPG/GIF/PNG/BMP. You can get AndrOpen Office free from here.
Other alternatives –
Documents to Go (paid) – is a paid app from DataViz. With free app you can open and view all MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your Android device. However to unlock create, edit, save and other functions you will have to purchase the full version key. There is also a free desktop software of Documents to Go to sync files between phone and computer. Password protected documents support, PDF viewer, InTact feature (preserves the original formatting of documents even after editing on Android device), email integration etc are some other features of Documents to Go. You can get it from Play Store
Documento Office Viewer (paid) – It is another paid documents viewer app for Android supporting many file formats (doc, docx, xls, ppt, pptx, xps, rtf, xml, eml, html, msg, bin/c/c++ files, java, csv, txt). You can download Documento from here.
Office 2012: TextMaker Mobile (free and paid) – It’s a paid app and claims to be “the only word processor for Android that lets you create, open, edit and save all your Microsoft Word documents while preserving all formatting and content”. Supported formats include DOC, DOCX, DOCM, DOT, DOTX, RTF, HTML, Open Office/Libre Office (ODT, ODT, SXW), Pocket Word (PSW, PWD). Export to PDF is also supported. You can get Office 2012 from here.
ThinkFree Office Mobile Viewer (free) – a simple MS Office documents viewer app with basic feature set. Download from Google Play
That’s all folks! Hope you benefit from this post and do let me know if I missed something.